In one city??!!
Unheard of…at least it was for us until this point. But we were very excited for our stay in this small Austrian city. Thanks Marlene for the incredible recommendation!
The majority of our stay in Lienz was at the Falkner apartments on the south side of town. It was essentially a self-contained unit within this huge house that a local lady owned. We had our own kitchen, our own balcony, and an unspoiled view of the mountains! It cost us 43 EUR per night (approximately $60 CDN), which in this part of the globe, seems pretty fair. We were paying more than this for two hostel dorm beds in London, so we were content with the price.
Lienz, seems to be a place which attracts a decent number of tourists from Italy, Switzerland, and within Austria itself. During the day the town centre is full of meandering foreigners buying fresh cheese from the market or having an espresso at one of the sidewalk cafes. We did find it a bit bizarre, as there was very little night life to speak of.
The only other unfortunate thing was that anytime we wanted to access the internet, we did have to hang out at the McCafe (yes, McDonalds) to do so, as none of the more authentic cafes had access, and our dear landlady, hanging in there at 85 years old, didn’t really see the need either.
All the same, Lienz was just what we were looking for!
We spent one day hiking up to the Tristachersee Lake…a gradual incline along an educational nature trail. We walked for around two and a half hours (barely getting lost at all) before finding this gem of a lake……very well worth the effort.
A second day was spent “in training” for our upcoming journey…we actually cycled to San Candido, Italy and back….88kms in total! Let’s just say the beer at the halfway point was very well earned! The day we were in San Candido coincided with a local music festival, so there was a little extra buzz around the city. We were able to listen to live music and eat fried dough while we psyched ourselves us for the journey back to Lienz.
There is a ton of stuff to do here during the day: tennis, cycling, hiking, running were all activities which were undertaken my many of the tourists while we were here.
And if you ever make it here yourself, don’t forget to stop by one of the local pizzarias. Being so close to Italy, you will find yourself a drool-inducing thin crust pizza cooked in an old school wood fired oven.
All in all, we needed a place to recharge, and Lienz truly was an ideal stop.